October 3, 2019 Meeting

October 3, 2019 Meeting

Forgive the "early" announcement. Next week we'll have our October 3, 2019 gathering at the normal day and time, Thursday October 3, 2019 at 7PM at the Nevada Garden Clubs Center. It is located on the West side of Lorenzi Park, 800 Twin Lakes Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89107.

We may have a short series of announcements from our president Vicki Yuen, a presentation from our invited speaker, finally a plant raffle and book signing by our speaker.

Our speaker for a return engagement from our accidental double header of a year ago is Ron Parker. Ron has finished his ethnobotanical treatise on the agaves of the Southwest. He will hopefully have a few books to sell and sign. Before then you can pick it up from Amazon and fine booksellers.

Chasing Centuries is a one-of-a-kind travel-history presentation based upon a recently published book of the same name (Sunbelt Publications -- Jan 2019) that takes the reader along on an exciting and little-known adventure at the crossroads of archaeology and botany. Travel with author Ron Parker as he explores the depth and duration of human/agave coevolution across the desert southwest, and discovers unusual agaves apparently associated with archaeological sites long since abandoned by residents of extinct ancient cultures. These agaves appear to be anthropogenic cultivars; living archaeological relics developed and planted by indigenous pre-Columbian Native Americans, and many are still growing exactly where they were planted and cultivated many hundreds of years ago.

Ron Parker is an outdoorsman, xeric plant enthusiast, and amateur botanist who spends half his time gardening and the other half exploring natural habitat across Arizona and neighboring states, primarily chasing agaves and archaeological sites. He has been studying agave populations in Arizona for many years, and has been out in the field with renowned botanists and regional archaeologists. When not under the open sky, Ron maintains the well-known xeric plant discussion forum,, an impressive online repository for information on agaves and other succulent plants.

Consider bringing along a friend, a refreshment, and a raffle plant. Our plants have been plentiful. Our refreshments wanting. So, do focus a bit on improving our refreshment offerings. This will likely be our most unique presentation of 2019 from a speaker who isn't a close friend of the club so please make an effort to attend.


September 5, 2019 Meeting

September 5, 2019 Cactus and Succulent Society of Southern Nevada meeting.

We will meet as regularly scheduled Thursday September 5, 2019 at 7PM at the Nevada Garden Clubs Center on the West side of Lorenzi Park. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89107.

Our president Vicki Yeun will give a brief presentation on the genus Haworthia, a species from Southern Africa. One of our members, Stephanie Thomas breeds hybrids of this plant if I'm not mistaken. If she is able to make our meeting (difficult for her nowadays), perhaps she'll have some comments on propagation. If you have a plant you're particularly proud of, you're welcome to bring it along and give a short presentation on it as we are not having a 90 minute talk by one of our national speakers.

We'll be participating (have a booth) at the Autumn Plant Sale at the Springs Preserve. If you'd like to help out in the booth find an officer: Vicki, Jay, Dana, and CJ and let them know when you can be in the booth answering questions, handing out plants, and gathering contact information for prospective members. If you have some nice plants to spare be sure to bring them along as we've handed out maybe 50 free plants at these events in the last couple sales.

Consider bringing along a friend, a refreshment, and a raffle plant or some plants/cuttings for our Springs plant sale presence.

As is normal we'll have brief announcements of local interest, the presentation, refreshments, and a raffle.